Bord na Móna has said that its peat briquettes will comply with new environmental standards.

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan had said in the Dáil last night that he was looking at the science to make sure briquettes met environmental standards ahead of drawing up regulations on solid fuels.

Bord na Móna has stated that new regulations set to be introduced next autumn will not affect its plan to continue producing briquettes until 2024.

Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen described the company's statement as a "categoric assurance" that briquettes will be compliant with the new emissions rate.

Mr Ryan had indicated that briquettes could be included in a ban on smoky fuels if they were found to produce excess pollution.

He said the Government would have to follow the science on smoky fuels and it must be straight about that.

Speaking during a motion on the sale and distribution of turf, the minister told the Dáil he had been looking at this issue to make sure briquettes produced less than 10 micrograms of air pollution.

Today, Bord na Móna said it has tested the product and it meets this air quality standard.